BLISS movement at Kanheri Buddha Cave Univercity, Mumbai against Mahashivratri
Jaibhim, Peaceful Revolt in Mumbai against Mahashivratri celebration on 02-02-2011, in Buddhist cave of Kanheri ……………….. Kanheri was a world famous Univercity where students of Greece and Syria had given donations (there names and details are inscribed in the caves). There are 118 caves……….., 30ft high 2 identitical Buddha statues …… It is situated very pleasant, scenic and serene greenary. Around 200 male and female volunteers from political as well as non-political organisations participated. Ignorant Telgu people who are attatched to Shivsena or BJP from AP installed their stall. BLISS prompted to put Buddha banners at the entrance of the Gate ……………. BLISS declared Maha-Dhamma Yatra on this day of Mahashivratri at Kanheri Cave Univercity. “Chalo Buddha ki Or” ……………… (Let’s go to Buddha) such banners were displayed. This year ASI put a information placard in front of Stupa ……………….. Stupa is covered with cloth by ASI because the Hindu visitors used to throw coconuts at the stupa on the instigation of Brahmins. Entry restricted inside the caves ……….. around 300 police personal were deployed RSS had instigated Ganesh Naik to construct a Shiv Temple in year 1992, in the area of Kanheri cave ………….. This temple was demolished by Forest Dept due to efforts of Mr Pradeep Gaikwad and his associates of Nagpur and Mumbai ……….. Now there is no Linga, statue or any thing like deity …………… But still the Hindu fools go to pray there on every Mahashivratri. Now this year BLISS young team intruded into temple, asked the pujaris to leave the place ………….. and Buddha Vandana was held there for 1 and Half Hrs Forest officials protect and promote the puja Dhamma Dhawaj installed at the place of Havan (fire burning place) Buddha Vandana going on inside demolished or so called Shiva Tempe where the Hindu fools come for Mahashivratri Hindus were also chanting Buddha Vandana. A Banner was showing Kanheri Cave and Shiv pic inside the Telgu Stall was removed. pomplets mentioning ………… “Buddham Sharnam ……….. … Gachchami …………. Is mantra ka jap kare” were distributed to Hindu visitors …………. This Jap (chanting) was advocated by Dr Ambedkar to Hindus in Janta in Yr 16 March 1944. Bags were invariably checked for any coconut, milk etc…………… it was not allowed No Hindu was allowed with any milk, coconut etc coconuts were collected ……….. same as last year In the evening the Hindus were greeted with ” Tri-sharan’ chanting …………. Even the Hindus greeted with folded hands, some of them were chanting trishanran Evening farewell to Hindus with Trishanran chanting for at least 1 hour was carried out. Officers like Rtd Judge, Rtd DCP and Rtd Assistant IG also participated …… Buddha Vandan at last , when all the visitors left Smile on the face of Dhamma Sevaks…………. this is real Dhamma Dana …………. Giving of money is not Dhamma Dana……… As per ASI record (because ASI didnt allow any person without ticket) ………….. 22913 Hindus visited in the year 2010 on Mahashivratri ……….. and this year only 10130 Hindus visited.
It was a Dhamma’s achievement. Let’s do it at all the Buddhist sites and monuments.
COIMBATORE: sample the way untouchability is making it to cyberspace: ‘Caste no bar (SC/ST excuse)’. The entry, made by a girl as part of her profile posted on Bharatmatrimony.com, horrified city resident P Jayan. “I wonder how the website management allowed the client to post such an entry. It’s an affr ont to the country’s Scheduled communities,” Jayan told Express.
On Monday, he called up the girl’s mother. That night, he found the profile having been yanked off the site.
Portal founder Murugavel Janaki raman says BharatMatrimony has been neutral towards caste and religion. “If we sight an objectionable entry, we modify the description and educate members on the subject.”
Jayan doesn’t see this as an isola ted case. He claims many matrimony sites bear similar entries. He now plans to move a court seeking directions to all such portals to moderate content to prevent untouchability.
K Samuel Raj, State secretary of the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front, says he is surprised to learn that untouchability had crept even into matrimonial portals. A rec ent survey by the Front had found untouchability in 82 different forms across the State, but it did not include cyberspace. Terming the issue as ser ious, he said his Front would take it up with the government.
In a newly published report, the Hindu American Foundation tackles the issue of caste discrimination, and of the immediate and urgent need for Hindus to acknowledge that caste is not an intrinsic part of Hinduism; that continuing caste-based discrimination is a major human rights problem; and only Hindus, through reform movements, through an activist agenda, and through education can rid Hindu society of the scourge of caste-based discrimination.
While there will be naysayers in the Hindu community, who wish to get into their bunkers and fight a rearguard battle to “defend” Hinduism from what they see as a concerted campaign of vilification by Christian missionaries, Muslim fundamentalists, Marxist Hindu haters, and a global-capitalist-western hegemony, it is important that Hindus bell the casteist cat themselves. In this regard, the HAF report points out that caste-based discrimination is a serious human rights issue in the Indian subcontinent, and that over 160 million people, whom the Indian government categorises as “scheduled castes” (SCs), suffer from discrimination by not only a variety of Hindu caste groups but even by “upper caste” Christians and Muslims after they have converted to Christianity or Islam.
The Indian constitution, whose chief architect, BR Ambedkar, was himself a member of the scheduled castes, outlaws “untouchability” – the act of segregating and ostracising a social group by literally prohibiting physical contact with members of the SCs. Alas, India is hobbled by a weak and sometimes dysfunctional judicial system, and therefore acts of discrimination against the SCs (or Dalits, as many of them prefer to call themselves) either go unpunished or ignored.
Other lawlessness in India goes unpunished but the challenge of dealing with caste-based discrimination has been the most disheartening. This is especially so in rural areas where caste dynamics continues to play havoc. In 2008, for example, according to the Indian government, there were 33,615 human rights violations of various types – from the denial of entry into temples to denial of service in wayside restaurants, and from bonded labour to the exploitation of women.
HAF’s report therefore begins with an important point: that Hindus must acknowledge that caste arose in Hindu society, that some Hindu texts and traditions justify a birth-based hierarchy and caste bias, and that it has survived despite considerable attempts by Hindus to curtail it. It notes that caste-based discrimination represents a failure of Hindu society “to live up to its essential spiritual teachings,” that divinity is inherent in all beings, and that caste is not an intrinsic part of Hinduism.
Sure, untouchability is practiced not just by Hindus in India and Nepal but by non-Hindus in Yemen, Japan, Korea, France, Somalia, and Tibet. But the sheer number of people who are discriminated against in India makes this a uniquely Indian and Hindu problem. Fishing in India’s troubled waters are therefore missionaries who for long have sought to make India Christian, and the left/Marxist forces in India who see only Hinduism as a problem but not religion per se. In recent decades, and especially after George W Bush became president, there was a surge in monies funneled into India for planting churches and converting Hindus. Organisations like the Dalit Freedom Network, led by and catering to mostly Christians, have gone on overdrive and sought to categorise SCs as non-Hindus and therefore arguing that they are not converting Hindus to Christianity.
HAF’s report, a first of its kind by a modern Hindu advocacy group, provides readers a handy but grand sweep of the problem of caste – from its origins to its role in the past and at present, its use and abuse, and reform movements from the earliest by the likes of Basaveshwara to the great 19th- and 20th-century reform movements like the Arya Samajmovement, and reformers like Jyotiba Phule, Narayana Guru, Mahatma Gandhi, and others.
Noting that there are defenders of the caste system, not just the curmudgeon and cruel among Hindus, but the likes of Voltaire and Diderot who fought against the monotheistic intolerance of Christians and Muslims, to sociologists like Louis Dumont who argued that the “distribution of functions leads to exchanges”, to the great Indophile,Alain Daniélou who argued that caste does not equate to “racist inequality but … a natural ordering of diversity,” the HAF report argues that a birth-based hierarchy is unacceptable, that inequities against and the abuse of the Dalits/SCs is a human rights issue, and that the solution to this social ill is available within Hindu sacred texts themselves, and that Hindus should be at the forefront of putting an end to the system of birth-based hierarchy as well as taking the lead in energising the Dalit community to fight discrimination.
As the British seek to draft a new bill of rights, and from what one hears,equate caste with racism, similar to what was sought at the United Nations Durban conference on racism and racial discrimination, as western Europe and US-based missionary groups ratchet up the calls for actions and sanctions against India, and as we move into a new era of global interaction, it is time for Hindus to act.
HINDUTVA (Hindu-Nazism) is a nationalist political philosophy that was defined primarily by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883-1966), President of the ABHM (Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha = All India Hindu Assembly), along with K B Hedgewar & M S Golwalkar (1st & 2nd RSS chiefs), who were all enthusiastic admirers of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf”:
– “From the Indus to the Himalayas, from the Himalayas to Tibet, from Tibet to Burma and from Burma to the Southern and Western seas run the lines of the boundaries of our Land.”, V D Savarkar, ABHM 21st Session, 1939;
– “The foreign races in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion, must entertain no idea but those of the glorification of the Hindu race and culture, i.e., of the Hindu nation and must lose their separate existence to merge in the Hindu race, or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu Nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment – not even citizen’s rights.”, M S Golwalkar, 2nd RSS chief (1940-1973), 1938;
– “…if we Hindus in India grow stronger in time these Moslem friends of the league type will have to play the part of German-Jews … India must be a Hindu land, reserved for the Hindus.”, V D Savarkar, ABHM 20th Session, 1938;
– “…the Indian Mahommedans, Jews, Christians, Parsees, etc. are excluded from claiming themselves as Hindus”, V D Savarkar, ABHM 19th Session, 1937;
– “The RSS’ only aim is to polarise the Indian masses on communal lines, wherever possible in order to awaken a dormant Hindi nationalism”, K B Hedgewar, 1st RSS chief (1925-40);
– “All Hindutva opponents will get the death sentence”, Praveen Togadia, VHP secretary-general, Dec. 2002;
ORGANIZATIONS that champion Hindutva/Hindu-Nazism are known as the Sangh Parivar (Sangh Family) & include:
– the ABHM political party;
– the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) political party which is an offshoot of ABHM;
– the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh = National Volunteers’ Organisation) within India itself which was founded in 1925 by V D Savarkar’s deputy K B Hedgewar;
– the Rashtra Sevika Samiti (= National Women Voluteers’ Committee) which is the RSS’s women’s wing;
– the HSS (Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh = Hindu Volunteers’ Organisation) which is the RSS’s main international wing;
– the ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad = All India Students’ Council) which is the RSS’s youth wing for students;
– the VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad = World Hindu Council) which is an RSS-inspired Indian & international wing;
– the Durga Vahini (= Army of Durga) which is the VHP’s women’s wing;
– the Dharma Raksha Manch (= Religion Protection Forum) which is the VHP’s new wing for Hindu priests, holy men & “saints”;
– the HSC (Hindu Students’ Council) which is the VHP’s youth wing for students in the USA & Canada;
– the Bajrang Dal (= [Hanuman’s] Monkey Brigade) which is the VHP’s youth wing;
– even more extreme Hindu-Nazi organizations include Shiv Sena, Sri Ram Sena, Rahtriya Hindu Sena, Rashtra Raksha Sene, Hindu Munnani, Sanatan Sanstha and Hindu JanaJagruti Samiti.
Hindutva/Hindu-Nazi organizations claim it as a right, & indeed a duty, to impose their ideology throughout “Akhand Bharat”/”Akhand Hindustan” (i.e. “Undivided India” including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & Bhutan, but not Myanmar/Burma). This would mean the forced conversion or expulsion or elimination of over 450 million non-Hindus in the region.
NOTORIOUS contemporary Hindutva/Hindu-Nazis include:
– Bal Thackeray (1926-), founder and chief of the Shiv Sena, who has called for the rise of Hindu terrorism & a Hitler-like dictatorship in India;
– K S Sudarshan (1931-), sarsanghachalak (appointed leader) of the RSS, who has said Muslm, Christian & Communist activities in India “must be curbed with an iron hand”;
– Narendra Modi (1950-), BJP Chief Minister of Gujarat & probable future president of the BJP, who has been implicated in the 2002 Gujurat violence that killed more than 1,000 people, injured about 2,500 & displaced about 150,000;
– Praveen Togadia (1957-), International General Secretary of the VHP, who has threatened death to opponents of Hindutva;
– Pramod Muthalik (1963-), founder of the Sri Ram Sena, Rahtriya Hindu Sena & Rashtra Raksha Sene, who claims to have over 1,100 Hindu suicide attackers in training.
Maharashtra, 6,000 Christians reconverted to Hinduism by extremist groups
by Nirmala Carvalho
Reconversion occurs in a large-scale and highly publicised ceremony. According to the Global Council of Indian Christians, this kind of propaganda relies on the authorities’ complicity and is designed to “disrupt communal harmony”. Anti-Christian violence continues unabated.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) – At least 6,000 Christians reconverted to Hinduism because of the work of Swami Narendra Maharaj. The ceremony of their re-conversion was held yesterday in Thane, a place some 50 kilometres from Mumbai (Maharashtra). In the recent past, the same group celebrated the return of thousands of Christian converts to Hinduism (“Thousands converting back to Hinduism: truth, or propaganda?” in AsiaNews, 8 April 2009). In the meantime, anti-Christian violence continues unabated elsewhere in the country.
Led by Guru Narendra Maharaj, the group’s mission is to reconvert people to Hinduism. Twice a year, it organises large-scale ceremonies for the return to India’s traditional religion.
A spokesman for the group said that with the latest 6,000 the total number of re-conversions now stands at 94,000. He predicts that “within two years, the figure of 100,000 would be reached.”
This trend is strong in suburban Mumbai where the Swami Narendra Maharaj’s followers are supported by various other organisations that seek out and identify the people to reconvert.
For the spokesman, converts “are wretched men converted to Christianity by force” who go back to Hinduism “without compulsion or guarantee.”
Many radical Hindu groups accuse Christian Churches of carrying out forced conversions by providing economic incentives or through brainwashing. So far, no complaint has ever been taken to court. Such accusations do however provide justification for ceremonies like the one in Thane and for the violence inflicted upon Christians.
Sajan George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), spoke toAsiaNews about his deep disappointment with regard to the reconversion ceremony. It “is designed to disrupt communal harmony,” he said. What is more, “not only is it turned into a public spectacle but it is announced well in advance.”
The GCIC president is particularly upset by the authorities’ lack of action in letting a group like that of Swami Narendra Maharaj to use reconversion ceremonies for propaganda purposes.
“Where is the police now? Why does it remain silent when ceremonies like in Thane are staged?”
“Christians are arrested even when they assemble for prayers within the four walls of their own homes, or even if they are only distributing religious literature, which is a constitutional right,” Sajan George lamented.
Christians are charged by police under Sections 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code. Section 153A refers to “promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.” Section 295A concerns “deliberate and malicious acts to outrage religious feelings.”
For George, only a discriminatory intent can explain the state machinery’s inaction. The authorities are overzealous in using the law against Christians, but turn into “mute spectators” when the reconversion of 6,000 Christians is banded about.
In the meantime, anti-Christian violence continues unabated, the GCIC president said. On Sunday in Madhya Pradesh, eleven extremists brutally assaulted a Protestant clergyman with hockey sticks right after Sunday worship. In Karnataka, some 50 Hindu radicals stormed an Assembly of God Church disrupting Sunday worship. The clergyman performing the service was beaten; Bibles were burnt and worshippers threatened.
According to data collected by the GCIC, hundreds of cases of anti-Christian violence in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa were recorded in 2009.
In States like Madhya Pradesh and Orissa as well as in Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, there are anti-conversion laws that require would-be converts to go before public authorities to motivate their decision to change religion and demonstrate that they are not being forced to convert.
In cases of Hindus converting to Christianity, the law is respected to the letter, and is often used to prevent conversion. In cases involving non-Hindus or former Hindus (re)converting to Hinduism, the law is simply by-passed and public authorities do nothing to uphold it.
Tamil Nadu: A thousand Dalit Christians reconvert to Hinduism
by Nirmala Carvalho
In a single ceremony Dalits take on oath for Hinduism and sign an affidavit. Caste discrimination is affecting the local Church.
New Delhi (AsiaNews) – A thousand Dalit Christians were reconverted to Hinduism today, the 117th anniversary of the birth of Bhimrao Ambedkar, the messiah of the Dalits, in the town of Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu).
Arjun Sampath, president of the Hindu Makkal Katchia (MMK), a local political party, announced that “185 Christian Dalit families from villages in Tirunelveli district will formally return to Hinduism.”
The function involved an atonement ritual (prayaschitha yagam) followed by a purification rite (sudhi chadangu).
“We’ll purify all those who return to Hinduism by sprinkling Ganga theertha (Ganga water) and Sethu theertha (sethu water),”Arjun said, adding that all of them would also get sacred Hindu names as well.
Those who want to follow the Shiva (Saiva) cult will be given sacred ash (bhasmam) and a string of dark berries of elaeocarpus ganitrus (rudraksha).
Followers of Vishnu will get a mark on their forehead (tilak) and a string of holy basil (tulsi).
All Christian Dalits who return to the Hindu fold will get a formal initiation (mantra deeksha) in both Sanskrit and Tamil.
Indeed a statement of faith is not enough for the HMK. “The members who return to Hindu fold will take an oath [. . .] and sign affidavits. Later, we’ll get the conversion certificates from Arya Samaj to get their names changed in the Gazette,” Arjun said.
What is more, the HMK is also planning to re-convert another 20,000 Christians in Villupuram district, starting next August.
Caste discrimination prevails among Christians in Tamil Nadu. Last 9 March in the parish of Eraiyur, Pondicherry-Cuddalore archdiocese, clashes between upper caste Christians and lower Dalit Christians led to police intervention, resulting in the death of two people. The situation is such that the two groups have separate cemeteries and, in church, separate pews.
Pope John Paul II urged Tamil Nadu bishops during their ‘ad limina’ visit of 17 November 2003 to overcome this division.
On that occasion the Holy Father said: “Any semblance of a caste-based prejudice in relations between Christians is a countersign to authentic human solidarity, a threat to genuine spirituality and a serious hindrance to the Church’s mission of evangelisation. Therefore, customs or traditions that perpetuate or reinforce caste division should be sensitively reformed so that they may become an expression of the solidarity of the whole Christian community. As the Apostle Paul teaches us, ‘if one member suffers, all suffer together’ (1 Cor, 12:26). It is the Church’s obligation to work unceasingly to change hearts, helping all people to see every human being as a child of God, a brother or sister of Christ, and therefore a member of our own family.”